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Title:Before Field Work: Planning the Year Ahead (Vi dajo pow)
Documentation and Description of the Hrusso Aka Language of Arunachal Pradesh
Contributor:Sange Lamo Nimasow
Sodzom Nimasow
Netan Nimasow
Contributor (consultant):Govardhan Nimasow
Contributor (recorder):Thomas Small
Contributor (researcher):Vijay D'Souza
Description:In this video, Govardhan Nimasow has a meeting with his wives about agricultural tasks ahead in the year. This is basically him giving instructions to his wives. They only respond to him now and then, but most of the time they are listeners. This is a highly stylised recording, not natural. Such meetings are not held with traditional dress as seen in the video, nor is the setting so formal as this. However, the footage is valuable in many respects: First, it has rich agricultural vocabulary, second, it is another example of formal speech. Govardhan's flow of formal language is exceptional. As noted elsewhere, he is one of the best recognised Hrusso Aka elders with such a command of the formal language. Thirdly, it is one of the best lit indoor videos, and the aesthetics and the formal dress of the consultants are much liked by the native speaker community. It is quite unusual to obtain such a beautifully lit video inside Hrusso Aka houses, which are dark, with hardly any natural light. Govardhan's son, Tsering, had opened up the roof to allow more light. The video was shot in fairly noisy village surroundings. Govardhan's house is right in the middle of Palizi village, close to the main road. However, the noise is quite minimised in the recordings as the microphones have picked up the speakers voices quite well, blocking out everything else. Video: Redorded with Canon XA20, settings - Auto. Audio: Fairly quiet village surroundings; indoors. Micropones: Audio Technica 803B lavalier microphones - 2 One attached to Govardhan's collar and the attached to Sange Nimasow, third from the left. Audio recorded directly on Canon XA20 and extracted later using Any Video Converter software. Recording Specs: Sample rate 48000 Hz, 32 bit float.
Son of Dola and Sonam (hru: Tsonam) Nimasow (née Dususow). Exact date and month of birth are unknown. A public figure, at the time of recording, Govardhan was the regnant president of the apex body of the tribe, 'The Hrusso Aka Society'. The Nimasow clan was settled in Buragaon, but were led back to their ancestral village, Palizi, by Govardhan in the 1980s. Before becoming a public leader, he worked in the Forest Dep't of Arunachal. Original village: Palizi, but born and raised in Buragaon
Married to Govardhan Nimasow. Original village: Buragaon, moved after marriage to Palizi
Née Jebisow, married to Govardhan Nimasow, mother of 6 sons ('Kala', Sange Chopel, Nima Tsering, Jibon, Soni, and Sang) and 1 daughter (Usha). Original village: Buragaon, moved after marriage to Palizi
Daughter of Duvu and Tronam Jebisow, married to Govardhan Nimasow, mother of 2 sons (Abu and Dutcha), and 4 daughters (Rashmi, Rima, Hima, and Lakshmi). Original village: Buragaon, moved after marriage to Palizi
Born in Karnataka, India. Working in Northeast India as a Jesuit since 1999. Involved with Hrusso Aka orthography development and language support since 1999, having learned the language at Palizi while teaching. Currently doing a DPhil (PhD) in linguistics at the University of Oxford, UK (Thesis: A Grammar of Hrusso Aka). Founder and leader of the Hrusso Literature Team, formed in 2017.
Identifier (URI):https://lat1.lis.soas.ac.uk/ds/asv?openpath=MPI1198419%23
Publisher:Vijay D'Souza
University of Oxford
Subject:elicited material
enacted speech
English language
Hruso language
Hindi language
Subject (ISO639):eng


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Citation: Govardhan Nimasow (consultant); Sange Lamo Nimasow; Sodzom Nimasow; Netan Nimasow; Vijay D'Souza (researcher); Thomas Small (recorder). 2016-04-25. Vijay D'Souza.
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